Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Tabula Rosa

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The toddler would not participate in the festive New Year's Eve headwear.
Have I mentioned how patient this dog is?  She allows Scout to dress her, cover her with blankets, and play doctor.
I had intended to welcome 2013 with a clean house and a reasonable plan for achievable resolutions.  But my 12 days off flew by in a blur of holiday celebrations, relaxation, and general laid back fun.  So my house is still a mess with the detritus of the holiday season, there are piles of shoes in front of every door, baskets and baskets of laundry to put away, and the living room looks like a Toys 'R Everywhere.  I don't mind clutter, and while I sometimes wish I lived in a house filled with bare surfaces, I've made peace with the reality and would much rather make messes with Scout than waste our time together worrying about them.

But, with that said, I think the start of a new year is a good time to think about the things we would like to change where change is possible.  I'm thinking about some of the most cliched resolutions around:
  1. Food.  Last October I instituted a new dinner meal planning system, and to my surprise it's been a huge success.  You see what happened was Scout decided that eating out was a really bad idea and it suddenly became decidedly unfun.  I also realized that we were spending a lot of money on mediocre (at best) food during the week because we were in a rush to get dinner prepared, consumed, and cleaned up before Rykert headed to work.  I started planning our meals a month in advance.  I stocked the freezer with a ton of pre-made meal components.  And it worked like a charm.  Each weekend I'd look at the calendar and shop for the week ahead.  We slashed our takeout/eating out budget (though we significantly increased the grocery budget) and dinner became less frantic.  I'm hoping to continue the plan, improve it, and hopefully implement something similar to fix my lunch issues (Did you realize that a bag of chips and a Snickers from the vending machine isn't a sensible lunch?).  I started writing a post all about my big dinner plan; I should finish that.
  2. Organization.  I want less stuff.  I do not want a bigger house to just fill with more crap that we don't need.  Less is more.  My goal for 2013 is to minimize - to send lots of stuff to Goodwill, to shelters, to friends, to anyone who can use said stuff.  If I start with my closet, then I'm confident that at least 75% of it could be packed up and I wouldn't miss it.  I'm only keeping things that I love, things that are useful, and things that have actual sentimental value (not contrived sentimental value because I'm too lazy to get rid of it).  I started this weekend with my silverware drawers.  I know, I started very small.  But it feels so good every time I open those drawers.  I joined the Apartment Therapy January Cure, but I'm not confident I'll be able to keep up.  
  3. Exercise.  I hate to sweat, and in the last decade (probably more) I've been unable to find any exercise program that works for me (scheduling, boredom, etc.).  I'm usually gung-ho for a few weeks and then I fall.  Last January, I started the Couch to 5K (there's also an app for that) on my new treadmill and I was doing pretty damn good, but then I got walking pneumonia in February and I stopped and could never muster the mojo to get back to it.  But I either need to be happy with my current physical shape or change it by doing what I hate (exercising), because excuses are so 2012.
  4. Have a kick ass garden.  For the last two years, our garden has been a wreck.  We started each year off strong, but then fell flat with the weeding and watering and even some of the harvesting.  This year, we're going to improve.  Plant on time.  Keep weeds to a tolerable level.  Remember to do a mid-season planting.  Scout will be more mobile and will be able to be in the garden more.  Of course, there are meteorological issues that are out of our hands, but we'll do what we can and eat what we grow.
  5. Finish what you start.  I have a pile of nearly finished projects.  I have projects that I've completed and planned to blog.  I have dozens and dozens of half-written blog posts.  I have a little etsy store plan that nearly took root.  I have multiple book ideas sketched out, even though I know that publishing is a long shot.  I have a growing list of sewing and knitting projects that would take a lifetime to complete.  I have 3 knitting patterns nearly written and ready for self-publishing.  I have many more planned on paper.
So as the cold winter months set in, this is what I'm thinking about.  Of course thoughts and action are different, but it's a start.

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

jean wilson said...

the DMRegister has had a couple articles about local master gardeners who use newspaper to completely block weeds. i do not garden, but the articles were emphatic that it is a foolproof way to eliminate weeds entirely. or maybe you have already tried it and it doesn't work?

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